Young Mopes, a record full of witchy, Stevie Nicks-esque gestures, Go-Go’s-inspired harmonies and chiming guitars. The “madman” of the opening track “make-believes that everything’s just fine.”
–Caryn Ganz, New York Times
Though she’s only 31 years old, Vancouver-based Louise Burns has been in the music industry for 20 years already. At the age of 11 she co-founded the Cranbrook, BC pop-rock outfit Lillix (originally Tigerlily) while she was still in elementary school. In 2001, the band signed to Madonna’s Maverick Records label, and moved to Los Angeles to make an album. So suffice to say, she’s seen some things and played some tunes in her time. Now focused on her own work, Burns is an in-demand collaborator, high-profile hired gun, acclaimed solo musician and multi-instrumentalist whose celebrated songwriting is equal parts grit and gloss. She’s toured extensively, playing throughout Japan, China, Europe, and North America. Louise Burns is an engaged, dynamic artist whose interests cannot be contained by hours in a day.
Louise’s latest release Young Mopes is being touted as a remarkable, glittering piece of musical art. Described as her boldest, brightest, and most defiant effort to date, this chart-topping album commands attention and appreciation. Burns delivers her own signature genre-defying blend of styles and techniques. Her music is moody new-wave meets dark & powerful goth-magik, layered over pop-y 80s inspired jams and beats that make you want to move and shake. There are of course infinite other textures, layers, and inspirations at play, too– Louise Burns creates rich and kaleidoscopic material indeed.
In January 2016, Louise Burns was the Dawson City Music Festival’s Songwriter-in-Residence and will return with a full band a year later for what is sure to be an electric and sparkling return. She’s shared the stage and festival bill with an incredibly diverse line-up of Canadian and international musicians, and now she’ll be gracing the DCMF main stage. Enjoy her mystical presence for yourself this summer.